Does this mean high speed rail could work? The friend that sent me this says yes, and he says it's a reason to fear the Chinese. It is interesting. Read the description below and then watch the video.
Read this first, then watch the video as the narration is in Chinese . . . .
> The bullet train will soon never stop at a station: How to get on and
> off the non-stop high speed train!
> A new Chinese train innovation - How to get on and off the bullet
> train without stopping. VERY COOL CONCEPT! Read the note first, then
> watch the animated video clip.
> No time is wasted. The bullet train is moving all the time. If there
> are 30 stations between Beijing and Guangzhou , just stopping and
> accelerating at each station wastes energy and time. A mere 5 minute
> stop per station (elderly passengers cannot be hurried) results in a
> total loss of 5 min x 30 stations or 2.5 hours of train journey time!
> The Chinese are innovative enough to come up with a non-stopping train
> concept. Now when the train arrives at a station, it will not stop at
> all. The passengers at a station will embark onto to a connector
> cabin way before the train arrives at the station. When the train
> approaches, it does not stop at all. It just slows down a little to
> couple with the connector cabin which will move with the train on its
> While the train is far away from the station, those passengers will
> board the train from the connector cabin mounted on the train's roof.
> After fully unloading its passengers, the connector cabin will move to
> the back of the train so that the next batch of outgoing passengers
> who want to alight at the next station will board the connector cabin
> at the rear of the train roof.
> When the train arrives at the next station, it simply disengages with
> the connector cabin and leaves it behind at the station. The outgoing
> passengers can leisurely disembark at the station while the train had
> already left. At the same time, the train picks up the incoming
> embarking passengers on another connector cabin in the front of the
> train's roof. So the train will always drop one connector cabin at
> the rear of its roof and pick up a new connector cabin in the front
> part of the train's roof at each station.
> Now, I say, that's INGENIOUS!!